Meet the Billy’s Lake Team
Most of the conservation work at Billy’s Lake is carried out by a small group of volunteers, who currently meet at the lake once a week on Tuesday afternoons. More volunteers means faster progress, so why not come along and join in, get some exercise and fresh air, and help to maintain and improve this local amenity? It’s fun, and it’s free! See below for details.
Community Conservation Officer (Billy’s Lake)
Before Lillian’s role as the Community Conservation Officer for the Billy’s Lake Project she worked for the South Downs National Park Authority within the Major Projects Team, working on projects such as the implementation of the Community Infrastructure Levy across the National Park. Lillian also sat within the planning team as a Development Management Officer for the SDNPA.
It was Lillian’s passion for nature and the outdoors that drew her to this unique role in which she engages the local community by providing children and adults with opportunities to learn new skills, to connect with nature and understand the importance of conservation.
There have been many volunteers to date in the Billy’s Lake Working Party and their contributions are gratefully acknowledged. Those who are currently involved on a regular basis are listed below.
P.S. – It’s an equal opportunities project – ladies also welcome!
I worked at the University of Portsmouth for around 30 years and took early retirement from my post as Laboratory Manager in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences 6 years ago. I became aware of the project around the same time and living locally I felt it was appropriate to volunteer and to help develop and look after the site for the community.
I’m a keen angler and have a love of the environment, plants, birds and wildlife in general.
The weekly working parties are a great opportunity for exercise (no need to pay gym fees) and to socialise with a group of like minded individuals and importantly to have fun, even in bad weather.
Hi I’m 74, and for the last 30 years of my working life I was in the motor trade, in Sales Management! My primary hobby is fishing, but in my earlier years I raced motorcycles and I designed, built and flew radio-controlled model aircraft. My most memorable time was representing England flying control line model aircraft in Amsterdam.
My reasons for volunteering are meeting new people and helping with the upkeep and improvement of the lake.
I joined the group as a volunteer in 2017 and was immediately made to feel very welcome. I‘ve recently retired from a mostly desk-bound career, so it’s a refreshing change to be doing something useful outdoors!